216 LETTERS FROM THE was in such a hurry to do everything that was necessary to prevent mischief, repair the neglect of others, &c., that I scarce found time to read and answer yours. I am now a little more at leisure, though by no means quite rid of the load of public correspondence which is come in a lump, and is very heavy. Besides, at the same time, the "commission des ^changes" has given me a very voluminous parcel of memoirs to examine, palliate, refute, &c., for I am le grand mediateur des deux cdtes. Both parties believe me and yield to my arguments; but they are always complaining, always ready to pull caps, and I am continually running about with my pen pour mettre le kola. I have got quite the knack of it, and have a great deal to do to persuade both parties that they are quarrelling about abso- lute nonsense. I have sent duplicates of my letters about business, by different channels; there- fore I hope all will be pacified. Think of our old friend Barth6lerny having been unanimously carried up to the vacant seat among the Directory. His brother, the medal- list,1 is gone to overcome his nolo episcopari and bring him to Paris. i Author of " Les Voyages du Jeune Anacharsis."